Local coffee-adjacent company Bevea recently won $5,000 and was named best product at the Ignite UC San Diego (UCSD) startup pitch battle. Under the Bevea umbrella, CEO Kabir Gambhir, a UCSD MBA alum, created a line of drinks called Cascaraa. That name closely references what makes the product special: cascara, which is the fruit and peel that surround the coffee bean itself. That peel, or husk, is generally discarded during coffee processing.
Gambhir and his team cold brew that dried husk as part of crafting “sparkling superfruit tea” that’s bottled with these flavor varieties: elderflower, cardamom, and ginger; hibiscus and ginger; rose, chili, and ginger; lavender and ginger; and mint, basil, and ginger. Gambhir says each twelve-ounce bottle contains 30 mg of caffeine, roughly one-third of a cup of coffee.
Here’s a current list where Cascaraa by Bevea is for sale: James Coffee, FIT Athletic (Carmel Mountain and downtown), Kettle & Stone Cafe, Ultreya Coffee, Mission Square Market, Sunshine Market at UCSD Price Center, Influx Cafe in North Park, Hillcrest Farmers Market, Little Italy Mercato, Paleo Treats, and Evolution Fast Food.